Home safety step by step

Home safety step by step

It’s always good to know that you and your family are safe and sound by day and by night. Here’s a useful health and safety checklist.


Fire extinguishers

Some people like to have a home extinguisher but UK Fire Service advice is to get out of your home as soon as possible in the event of an emergency, and call 999. Trying to tackle the fire yourself can lead to dangerous delays.

Smoke alarms
You are twice as likely to die in a house fire if you do not have smoke alarms. Battery-operated smoke detectors are easy to install. Position them above doors or on the ceiling in hallways. Don’t fit them in the kitchen or bathroom but nearby, so they are not affected by steam. Make sure the batteries don’t go flat. A good idea is to change them twice a year, when you change your clocks.

Fire safety
Make sure everyone knows how to get out of your home safely in the event of a fire. Keep door keys in a secure but easy to find place nearby in case you need to locate them in thick smoke. For useful home safety tips go to www.fireservice.co.uk.
LINK
http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety

Carbon monoxide detectors
These can be useful near to boiler equipment. Again, make sure any batteries are working, and that any device is dust-free.

First aid kits
It’s useful to keep a supply of essentials: adhesive tape, antiseptic ointment, adhesive bandage, blanket, cold pack, disposable gloves, gauze dressing, hand cleanser, plastic bags, scissors and tweezers, a small flashlight with extra batteries and a triangular bandage. Keep hypoallergenic plasters if you can, in case regular ones cause a skin reaction. Don’t forget that if you are in doubt about how to treat any injury, seek medical help as soon as possible.

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Electrical socket covers
If you have children or if there are children who regularly come to your house, place socket covers over all electrical sockets to reduce the risk of electric shocks.


Storing detergents and other chemical products
Keep these out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard or drawer. Keep the phone number of your local poison control centre next to your telephone or check out www.hpa.org.uk.
LINK
http://www.hpa.org.uk/productsservices/chemicalspoisons/poisonsinformationservice/nationalpoisonsinformationservice/

Electrical safety
Ensure kitchen sockets and any sockets near sources of water are equipped with ground fault systems and circuit breakers. This type of socket can prevent electrocution, shocks and some types of electric fire. Wherever possible, use one socket for one appliance, especially items like the television, washing machine and dishwasher.

Full safety check

  • Check electricity cables and any burn marks around plugs.
  • Keep stairways and halls clear of clutter which might cause trips.
  • Tidy away overhanging curtains, and make sure surfaces aren’t greasy or dusty.
  • Don’t forget that your power suppliers should be able to offer free or cheap house checks for you.
  • Always think ahead – see the potential risks of lamps, sharp-edged furniture etc if you have small children or visitors coming.

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